For Who Is God, Save the Lord? And Who Is a Rock, Save Our God?

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327) King David said, “For who is God, save the Lord? And who is a Rock, save our God?” “Who is God” means who is the ruler or the appointee who can do anything, besides the Creator? Rather, they do what they were commanded by the Creator because none of them is in his own authority and they cannot do anything. “And who is a rock” means who is strong and can make his own assertion and might, “Save our God”? Rather, they are all in the hands of the Creator and they cannot do anything except with His permission.

328) “For who is God, save the Lord?” Everything is in the permission of the Creator. It is not as it seems in the stars and fortunes, which show something and the Creator changes it into another way. “And who is a Rock, save our God?” means that there is no such painter as the Creator. He is the perfect painter, who makes and paints a form within a form, a fetus in its mother’s insides, and completes that picture in all its corrections, and instills a high soul within it, which is similar to the upper correction.

329) When the desire in that seed of man awakens toward the Nukva, and the Nukva awakens toward him, they both unite together and a son comes out of them, comprising both forms as one. Hence, one must sanctify himself at that time, so that that form will be in perfect depiction, as it should.

330) How great are the deeds of the Creator? The art and painting of a man are like the artisanship and the depiction of the world. In other words, man comprises the entire deed of the world, and he is called “a small world.” Each and every day, the Creator creates a world that makes Zivugim for everyone as he should, and this is considered creating worlds. And He depicted the shape of each of them before they came to the world.

331) It is written, “This is the book of the generations of Adam.” Did he have a book? Rather, the Creator showed Adam ha Rishon each generation and its teachers. And how did He show him all the shapes? He did not show it to him by the spirit of holiness, which are destined to come into the world, as one who looks into wisdom to know what is destined to come into the world. Rather, he saw them all with the eye, and in that very form that they were destined to take in the world. This is so because since the day the world was created, all the souls that are destined to rise in people stand before the Creator in that very form that they are destined to take in the world.

332) Similarly, all the righteous, once they pass away from this world, their souls rise and the Creator provides each of them there with another form to dress in, such as those that they wore in this world. This is the reason why all the souls are before Him and Adam ha Rishon saw them with the eye.

333) But after he saw them, did they stop existing and were they cancelled? All the worlds of the Creator exist and stand before Him until it is their time to come down to the world. It is written about it, “But with him that stands here with us this day … and also with him that is not here with us this day,” meaning that all the people who are destined to be in the world were present there.

334) It is written, “And also with him that is not here with us this day,” meaning only those who will be born to those standing there. This is why it is not written, “Standing with us this day,” for that would mean that they are standing there with them. Rather, it writes, “And also with him that is not here with us this day,” which means that they are not with them. However, of course they were all standing there. But because they were not visible to the eye, the writing says, “With us this day,” meaning although they are unseen. This is why it could not say, “Standing with us this day.”

335) What is the reason that they were not seen here on Mount Sinai as they were seen by Adam ha Rishon, who saw them with his very eyes? After all, it was more appropriate that all the generations would be seen at the giving of the Torah. However, when the Torah was given to Israel, a different vision and high degrees were seeing and looking with their very eyes. They longed to behold and observe the glory of their Master, and this is why they saw only the high glory of the Creator, and nothing else besides.

336) For this reason, all the people who are destined to be present in the world stand before the Creator in those very forms that they are destined to take. It is written about it, “Your eyes have seen my initial form, and in Your book they were all written.” “Your eyes have seen my initial form.” What is the reason that the Creator saw his initial form? It is because the other, upper form, which stands before Him prior to the creation of the world, was like it, and this is why he saw it. “And who is a Rock, save our God,” meaning who is a good painter, who can paint everything, like the Creator?

337) “For who is God” is the Nukva, who is called “God,” which is inclusive. She contains all the degrees—the degrees of the right, which are Hassadim, as well as the degrees of the left, which are Gevurot. The writing speaks of the time when HaVaYaH and Elokim are united, as it is written, “The Lord is the God.” At that time, the Nukva comprises all the degrees, from the right and from the left. The right in her receives from HaVaYaH, and the left in her is her own self, the name Elokim [God]. It is written, “For who is God,” meaning the Nukva in the right in her. “Save the Lord” means she receives from the name HaVaYaHZA. “And who is a Rock” is the Nukva in the left in her. “Save our God” is Nukva’s own self, which is called “Our God.”

But the name El [God] is a different degree; it is not considered right, since it is written, “And God that has indignation every day.” Does that mean that the quality of the name God is indignation and Gevurot? In the words, “For who is God, save the Lord,” the Nukva is not alone. Rather, she is united with HaVaYaHZA, in a never-ending Zivug. The texts speaks of when ZON rose and clothed upper AVI, at which time they are in a never-ending Zivug, like AVI, since the lower one that rises to the upper one becomes like him.

It is written about it, “For who is God, save the Lord? And who is a Rock, save our God?” A rock is the left in the Nukva. It is not alone, but everything is one, as it is written, “Know this day, and lay it to your heart that the Lord He is the God.” When ZON rise and clothe AVI, this unification of “The Lord He is the God” occurs, and all the degrees are included in the Nukva. The name of the right is “God,” and the name of the left is “Rock,” and they are united as one. But the words, “And God that has indignation every day” speak of the Nukva in her place, before she rose to AVI, and then there are always Gevurot in her.

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